Newspaper suspended for 20 days over story race horse

first_img RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa News RSF_en United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa News Follow the news on United Arab Emirates RSF joins other NGOs in amicus brief in WhatsApp suit against NSO Group News Organisation to go furthercenter_img Help by sharing this information News June 8, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say July 7, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper suspended for 20 days over story race horse December 23, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders condemns an Abu Dhabi federal appeal court decision on 3 July suspending both the print and online versions of the Arabic-language daily Al Emarat Al Youm for 20 days from yesterday and fining it 20.000 dirhams (3,900 euros) over a 2006 article about the doping of a race horse owned by two of the sons of United Arab Emirates President Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.“This ruling poses a threat to the independence of investigative media in the United Arab Emirates,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The sentence is disproportionate and liable to intimidate media, which will assume that they could also be suspended or fined if they publish articles that displease those in positions of influence.”A lawsuit brought by the president’s sons, owners of the Warsan stables, accused the newspaper’s editor, Sami Al Riami, and its owner, Abdul Latif Al-Sayegh (who is also chairman of the Arab Media Group) of deliberately publishing false and inappropriate information in the 2006 article about the Warsan stables horse “Mohammed”.The Arab Media Group is part of Dubai Holding, owned by United Arab Emirates Prime Minister Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, a well-known race horse enthusiast.The original trial opened in January 2008. The appeal court issued the suspension order under article 15 of the 1980 publications law. The newspaper’s owner said the company would comply.Other newspapers in the United Arab Emirates referred to the alleged doping but only Al Emarat Al Youm was sued. April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Concern about journalist missing in Iraqi Kurdistan

first_imgReporters Without Borders is very concerned about Mouloud Anfand, the editor of the magazine Kurd-Israel, who has been missing for the past 11 days in Iraq’s northern Kurdistan region. According to his family and various media sources, he set off from Erbil on 9 June with aim of going to Sulaymaniyah and has not been seen since.“We fear the worst and we urge the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government’s authorities to do everything possible to find Mouloud Anfand,” Reporters Without Borders said. “And we therefore call for an immediate investigation into this journalist’s disappearance.”Armand, who is of Iranian origin, has been living in Iraqi Kurdistan for several years. Kurd-Israel is published by the Kurd-Israel Association, which promotes better relations between Israelis and Kurds and encourages Kurdish Jews who emigrated to Israel to return to Kurdistan.Its aims and activities are controversial and constitute a major source of discord between the Kurdistan Regional Government and Iran. The Islamic Republic of Iran and the Iranian pro-government media accuse the Kurdish authorities of facilitating the “activities of the Zionist enemy’s agents,” the Israeli intelligence services.Just five days ago, the Iranian intelligence minister announced the arrests of several “mercenaries” and “participants” in the targeted murders of Iranian nuclear research scientists. At the same time, the minister also said that “part of Iranian intelligence activities is being carried out in neighbouring countries.” News IraqMiddle East – North Africa Organisation June 20, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Concern about journalist missing in Iraqi Kurdistan Read in arabic / بالعربية Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Related documents Concern about journalist missing in Iraqi Kurdistan – In arabicPDF – 158.86 KB News News Receive email alertscenter_img IraqMiddle East – North Africa February 15, 2021 Find out more December 16, 2020 Find out more News to go further December 28, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Iraq Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” RSF_en last_img read more

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Bishop of Oxford walks on hot coals for charity

first_imgThe Bishop of Oxford has announced that his feet were only ‘lightly toasted’ following a charity walk on hot coals.The Rt. Rev. John Pritchard, a law alumnus of St Peter’s, completed his challenge on Saturday in front a 200 strong crowd. His efforts have raised nearly £1000 for the Churchill Hospital’s Sobell Hospice.After the walk, the Bishop said ‘What’s a bit of fear and toasted feet for something as important as Sobell?’The walk happened at Oxford Rugby Club, where participants had to walk over 1200 degree coals. In total, around 50 fundraisers took part in Satuday’s event, which also raised money for child bereavement charity SeeSaw.Firewalking – a tradition that dates back to Iron Age India – involves walking over hot materials quickly enough for them not to induce a burn.It carries several dangers, however, including misjudged pace or a poor choice of material. In 2002, 20 Australian KFC managers were treated for burns after walking too slowly over burning timber, a more efficient heat conductor than coal.A similar incident took place four years earlier, when a group of insurance salesmen mistook red hot coals for gently glowing embers. The walk had been arranged as part of a motivational course.One second year student at Oxford university commented, ‘I admire the Bishop’s commitment to this great cause and am glad he didn’t burn his feet.’last_img read more

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